Exotic Gemstones


When you shop Ross-Simons for unique exotic gemstone jewelry, you'll covet these truly fabulous pieces that very few own. Collecting and wearing these gemstones will distinguish your discerning collection from that of other jewelry lovers because of the rarity and unusual qualities these breathtaking jewels possess.

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Rarity is one of the most valued qualities in a gemstone. Each piece from our exotic gemstone collection has special features that make it a desirable additions to your fine jewelry wardrobe. Jewels like kunzite and diopside boast bright, extraordinary colors to grab your attention and leave you wanting more. And did you know that other favorites come in vibrant, exotic varieties? Try spinel in blue, orange, pink or purple; or zircon in blue, green, yellow or orange. These unique and unusual gemstones are ideal for the collector, or any jewelry lover who loves to stand out.

Why are exotic gemstones so rare? Various exotic gemstones have color-changing abilities. For example, alexandrite is sometimes described as "emerald by day, ruby by night" because it can appear green under natural light and a deep red under indoor light. Some exotic gemstones come in numerous colors which makes their value variable. Tanzanite is known for its blue-violet color; however, a rarer tanzanite can be found in a green or aqua hue. Another standout exotic gemstone is ametrine. Ametrine is a rare bi-colored gemstone that mixes amethyst and citrine in a stunning half-and-half display of each signature color.

Only a limited number of mines in the world produce exotic gemstones. Thus, the quantities are not as abundant as other semi-precious and precious stones. Tanzanite is from Tanzania, ametrine from Bolivia, alexandrite from Russia and more – these are examples of exotic gemstones that are more valuable based on where they're mined.

Our Estate collection offers genuine vintage finds from around the world. Here, you'll discover unusual gemstones in designs you can't find anywhere else. With new additions almost every week, our Estate collection has featured black opals, certified pink topaz, brown star sapphires and so much more. You never know what you'll find, but one thing is for sure – you'll want one of these special treasures.

From bright tanzanite and serene aquamarine to pretty morganite and iridescent labradorite, a piece of jewelry showcasing an exotic gemstone is sure to wow the observer. Choose from pendant necklaces, bolo bracelets, hoop earrings, cocktail rings and more! No matter what extraordinary piece you choose, you'll stand out in its exclusive design and vivacious color.


Which exotic gemstone appeals to you?

Alexandrite Mined in Russia, alexandrite is a rare variety of chrysoberyl with a unique color-change property. The gemstone will appear green under natural light and purplish-red under artificial light.
Ametrine A rare and captivating bi-colored gemstone, ametrine combines the majestic purple of amethyst with the sunny glow of citrine. The contrasting colors give it a distinct appearance. Ametrines are typically cut in such a way that there is a sharp boundary between the two colors towards the center.
Apatite This gemstone is found in many colors, from shades of the sea and sky to vibrant greens and yellows. Apatite lends a distinctive glow to necklaces and earrings, especially when used in multi-gemstone jewelry settings.
Aquamarine The birthstone of March, harbinger of spring, aquamarine's powers of revelation are legendary. Usually a brilliant or a step cut, and a member of the beryl family, aquamarine can be found in a range of pale blue hues and aqua green colors.
Diopside Though quite rare, diopside is one of the most affordable green gemstones. This gorgeous newcomer, mined mainly in Siberia, lights up jewelry designs with vibrant shades of green and makes an ideal choice for pendants, rings and earrings. The most popular variety is chrome diopside which features a medium-dark vivid green hue.
Fire Opal This blazing gemstone is a transparent to semitransparent opal prized for its fire-like color. It is an incredibly distinct variety of opal and comes in shades of yellow, orange and red.
Iolite Ranging in shades from light blue to violet blue to deep rich blue, the iolite mesmerizes with its ability to change colors when viewed from different angles. Long ago, Vikings relied on this unique gemstone to help guide them at sea.
Kunzite This pretty pastel gemstone shimmers in shades of soft pink and violet. When viewed from different angles, kunzite seems to shift colors, adding to the stone's romantic allure. Kunzite has been gracing necklaces, bracelets and rings since the early 1900s.
Kyanite Kyanite is gemstone-quality aluminum silicate. It typically comes in shades of blue, although it can be found in other colors as well. In addition to jewelry, kyanite is also used to make porcelain.
Morganite Named after the great American tycoon and gem collector J. P. Morgan, morganite's soft pink-to-peach shades add blushing beauty to jewelry designs. This rare gemstone is surprisingly affordable and brings an undeniable charm to rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Padparadscha Padparadscha is the highest valued variety of fancy sapphire (sapphires that come in colors other than blue or colorless). It exhibits richly saturated shades of pinkish orange to orange-pink. The word "padparadscha" derives from the Sinhalese word for "lotus blossom."
Rhodolite Garnet Rhodolite charms in a range of feminine shades – from rose to raspberry to purplish-red. Lighter than a ruby, rhodolite garnets offer a lovely, romantic look. Rhodolite can be a delightful twist on the traditional January birthstone.
Spinel This rare and durable gemstone, found in a beguiling shade of inky black, catches the eye when set in rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Exotic spinel includes captivating tones of pink, purple, orange, blue and green. The red variety is beautiful in its own right and in ages past it was mistaken for a ruby.
Tanzanite Found in the 1960s in Tanzania, tanzanite is a new and rare discovery that captures magnificent shades of purple, violet and blue. Its crystal structure allows light to enter the stone and divide into two or three sectors, which enhances the intensity of color. Tanzanite is an alternative for December birthstones.
Tourmaline The "gemstone of the rainbow" comes in a dizzying array of colors and is usually created from more than a dozen elements, making it perfect for jewelry. The most popular tourmaline is deep pink, and a true favorite is watermelon – a gem that combines green and pink.
Tsavorite Tsavorite is a deep green variety of garnet. First uncovered in the 1960s in Tanzania, it was given its name on account of the discovery of mines in Kenya's Tsavo National Park in the early 1970s.
Zircon Gem-quality zircon is a transparent crystal from the mineral zirconium silicate. It comes in a variety of colors, but is most commonly colorless. Contrary to common belief, zircon is not cubic zirconia; it is a naturally occurring gemstone with different properties. Exotic varieties of zircon include blue, green, yellow and orange.